Every year the DC Environmental Film Festival hosts a huge pre-festival event for youth. They pick one film that they think best inspires students from DC schools to engage with the outdoors. We are incredibly honored and happy to say that this year they picked our film!
AN AMERICAN ASCENT screened at Constitution Hall in front of three thousand middle and high school kids (arriving in about 50 busses!). It was the largest and most energetic audience we've had yet - at times it felt more like a rock concert than a film screening, with the young audience erupting into cheers after many of the film's scenes. It was on of the most amazing events we've ever been a part of! We couldn't be more proud to be there and reach this many kids with our story.
Elwood York, Wilderness Program Leader for the U.S. Forest Service introduced the film. Climber and DC native Tyrhee Moore along with Producer Andy Adkins fielded questions after the screening.
A senior from Ballou High School summed it up this way: "This is the best field trip I've ever been on." This about sums up the whole experience for us too.
The film also screens in the regular festival lineup on March 19th. Details here.